because I’m 5 now…

Kariss’ favortie new phrases all end with”…because I’m 5 now.”

For example,
“My clothes don’t fit, because I’m 5 now; I’ll have to buy all new ones”
“I can sharpen a pencil, because I’m 5 now”
“I can reach that, because I’m 5 now”

Keep in mind, these things have all happened overnight. AHHH……to be young again 🙂


On the road again….

Well, not that I’ve been great about keeping up with this blog as much as our other site (, but I definitely will not be posting as much over the next two weeks. We’re driving down to Florida to spend my birthday at Disney World (for free of course!), spend a week back at ‘home’ in south Florida catching up with friends and family and then back up to Disney on our way home next weekend for our daughter’s birthday!

So, as the Cone girls prepare to celebrate, we pray you also are having a wonderful summer and stay tuned for more of my random thoughts when we get back (you know I’ll have a bunch of them!)

“Pain is a sign of Life”

I heard Hank Williams Jr.’s daughter utter this quote on the news tonight.

Three years after a near fatal car crash, she was performing on stage for the first time tonight. At one point during her 6 weeks in the hospital, she asked her doctor when the pain would end. After having been brought back from death, he encouraged her by telling her, “Pain is a sign of life.”

Too often we pray for God to take the pain away. Have you ever stopped to think that the daily burdens that tend to overwhelm us could actually be reminders to enjoy what we have?

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” – Hebrews 12:11

Incredible Shrinking Kids

I had big babies.

I don’t say this to boast about my child-birth prowess (of which there is none!), but simply to set the stage for my story: my daughter was just shy of 9 pounds (and came to us one week early) and my son was 9 pounds 5 ounces.

My daughter has always been off the charts at the doctor’s office and worn clothes twice the size of other kids her age because of how tall she was. My son has been wearing 24 month clothing since he was 6 months old.

You can then imagine my surprise as we pulled the summer clothes out of their boxes recently when I discovered most of what we had was too big for them! Kariss, who we’d been buying size 10’s and 12’s for last year was swimming in all her summer offerings. And Britton, who we thought at 3 years old should surely be fitting in a size 3, was suddenly more comfortable in the same 24 month clothing he’s been sporting for the past 3 years!

I never thought I’d be rushing out to buy my kids new clothes in sizes SMALLER than what they had previously worn. Must be that healthy mountain air they’ve been breathing 🙂